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Poverty in Scotland

This section presents evidence on poverty in Scotland. Different groups of the population may have different causes of poverty. The causes of poverty are not necessarily linear or direct - poverty tends to be the conflux of a number of events which combined result in household poverty. Some of these events are macro-economic events (such as availability of employment with the hours and pay rates to lift individuals out of poverty), and some are related to equality characteristic (gender, ethnicity, disability).

The official poverty statistics and a range of evidence are presented. Use the links below to search for evidence.

Latest statistics and analysis

Tables and analyses are continuously being published here: Poverty tables (latest addition in December 2019)


Wealth in Scotland 2006-2018 will be published on 21 January 2020 here:


Financially vulnerable households in Scotland

Two resources on financial vulnerability are now available: The dashboard is an example of locally available data that can be used to monitor financial vulnerability. The analysis of savings data shows what types of household have insufficient savings to cope in case of sudden loss of the main income source, for example due to job loss.

Statistics on Poverty in Scotland (published March 2019)
Children in Families with Limited Resources updated
Working paper on in-work poverty in Scotland


Additional poverty analysis
Statistics on Poverty in Scotland (published March 2018)


Additional poverty analysis (published June 2017)

Poverty in Scotland